Spleen Channel

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prominence of the
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DIJI SP-8
Earth Pivot
Xi-Cleft point of the Spleen channel
LOCATION
On the medial side of the lower leg, 3 cun inferior to
Yinlingquan SP-9, in a depression just posterior to the
medial crest of the tibia.
LOCATION NOTE
i. This point is most readily located one handbreadth
inferior to Yinlingquan SP-9; ii. Alternatively, it may be
located at the junction of the upper third and the lower
two thirds of a line drawn between the popliteal crease
and the prominence of the medial malleolus.
NEEDLING
Perpendicular or oblique insertion, 1 to 1.5 cun.
ACTIONS
Regulates menstruation and invigorates blood
Harmonises the Spleen and resolves dampness
Moderates acute conditions
INDICATIONS
• Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhoea, abdominal
(zheng jia) masses in women.
• Distention of the abdomen and lateral costal region,
pain of the abdomen, poor appetite, diarrhoea with
thin stools, dysenteric disorder, difficult urination,
oedema, leucorrhoea, seminal emission, lumbar pain,
insufficiency of essence.
COMMENTARY
Diji SP-8 is the xi-cleft point of the Spleen channel. The xi-
cleft points are where the qi and blood, which flow
relatively superficially along the channels from the jing-
well points, gather and plunge more deeply. The xi-cleft
points in general are indicated in the treatment of acute
conditions and pain, whilst the xi-cleft points of the yin
channels have an additional action of treating disorders of
blood.
The Spleen controls blood and its channel enters the
lower abdomen, joining with the Conception vessel at
Zhongji REN-3 and Guanyuan REN-4. Diji SP-8 has a
specific and important action on resolving blood stasis in
the uterus and lower abdomen, being indicated in the
treatment of dysmenorrhoea, irregular menstruation, and
abdominal masses in women due to either blood stasis or
qi stagnation. A specific indication for this point men-
tioned in the Illustrated Classic of Acupuncture Points on the
Bronze Man is a hot flowing sensation spreading down the
inner thigh to the knee when pressure is applied to ab-
dominal masses in women. As the xi-cleft point, Diji SP-8
is especially suited to treating acute conditions, and it is
often combined with Hegu L.I.-4 in the treatment of acute
dysmenorrhoea, both points being strongly reduced, of-
ten with the addition of electro-acupuncture.
Diji SP-8 has a secondary action of harmonising the
Spleen and resolving damp, being indicated in the treat-
ment of abdominal distention, poor appetite, difficult
urination, oedema and leucorrhoea, especially when these
symptoms accompany disorders of menstruation.
The affinity of Diji SP-8 for disorders of the lower
abdomen is emphasised in various classics. The Investiga-
tion Into Points Along the Channels by Yan Zhen-shi of the
Ming dynasty goes as far as to say “there is no disorder of
the lower region that cannot be treated with Diji SP-8”,
whilst according to the Ode to Elucidate Mysteries Diji SP-8
dominates the lower region (Dabao SP-21 dominates the
upper region and Tianshu ST-25 the middle region). In the
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Lung
L. Intestine
Stomach
Spleen
Heart
S. Intestine
Bladder
Kidney
Pericardium
Sanjiao
Gall Bladder
Liver
Conception
Governing
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Spleen Channel 2
correspondence system of early Chinese thought, the
upper region is heaven, the middle region is man and the
lower region is earth, hence the name of this point ‘Earth
Pivot’.
COMBINATIONS
• Irregular menstruation: Diji SP-8 and Xuehai SP-10
(One Hundred Patterns).
• Cold-damp shan disorder: Diji SP-8, Daju ST-27 and
Zhongdu LIV-6 (Systematic Classic).
• No pleasure in eating: Diji SP-8, Yinlingquan SP-9,
Shuifen REN-9, Youmen KID-21 and Xiaochangshu
BL-27 (Supplementing Life).
• Acute dysmenorrhoea: Diji SP-8 and Hegu L.I.-4.
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Lung
L. Intestine
Stomach
Spleen
Heart
S. Intestine
Bladder
Kidney
Pericardium
Sanjiao
Gall Bladder
Liver
Conception
Governing
Extra Points
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